Days are getting chilly and leaves are falling from the trees: there’s no better time to pack up and head to the Indian Ocean for a sun-soaked family holiday. Luckily, boutique-hotel experts Smith & Family know just the spot: we asked Smith travel specialist Julia Andrei for her favourite Indian ocean picks, perfect for families on the hunt for winter warmth…

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Romantic and family-friendly in equal measure, Constance Le Prince Maurice is ideal for a pre-Christmas break en famille. Smith Junior will have a blast at the free kids club, and there’s a gorgeous white-sand beach with safe shallow waters for splashing around. For grown ups, the luxurious Sisley spa, delectable dining and romantic floating bar go down a treat.

Doubles from £377 per night, including breakfast



Soneva Fushi, Maldives

With its own stretch of powder-white beach and turquoise sea, castaway-luxe Soneva Fushi is a haven for families seeking sun, sand and total relaxation. The stunning jungle-fringed, ocean-view villas are beautifully designed and incredibly spacious (some even have their own spa treatment rooms) and the ask-for-anything butler service, unrivalled kids club, and on-site ice-cream parlour makes pleasing the whole gang a doddle.

Doubles from £854 per night


Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Water babies, kids and adults will adore the huge range of splashy fun at Constance Halaveli: world-class diving, snorkelling, kayaking, wakeboarding and waterskiing are all on offer, and there’s an all-day kids club for land-loving little ‘uns. The luxurious floating spa is a must-visit for parents in need of pampering, followed by a mouth-watering dinner at Jing, the romantic over-water restaurant, serving up delicious Asian fusion.

Doubles from £820 per night



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